Zen Spot #177 — Mindfulness, meditation and scribbling mindlessly March 31, 2018 00:00
There is something to be said about the persistent pursuit of a goal, especially if its achievement required sacrifice and pain. To the depths of my being, I believe that the greater the pain, the greater the goal.
To be sure, many readers will immediately see the flaw in my belief. Inexplicably, I concurrently see the flaw and hold the belief. More mindful beings seem to intuitively understand that pain and gain are not inextricable. Too, they appear to naturally grasp that there is much joy to be experienced by reaching painless goals of personal value.
While the goal of mindfulness may not be joy, the goal is to be completely present, in the moment, while performing a task. Getting lost in a task — in particular, a task without a goal where joy and mindfulness are easily found—can be transcendent.
By scribbling mindlessly, I am scribbling mindfully.
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What are The Four Noble Truths?
- The truth of suffering
- The truth of the origin of suffering
- The truth of the cessation of suffering
- The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering
What is The Noble Eightfold Path?
- Right view
- Right intention
- Right action
- Right speech
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration
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